Urban Squatting with Rent-Seeking Organizers

25 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2012

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Jan K. Brueckner

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: August 31, 2012

Abstract

This paper extends a new line of research on urban squatting that focuses on the role of the squatter organizer. The model replaces the benevolent organizer from previous studies with a collection of competing, rent-seeking squatter organizers, a structure that may offer a realistic picture of many cities in less-developed countries. In addition to delineating the structure of such a competitive model, the analysis generates a host of comparative-static results and other insights. Among other things, the analysis shows that competition among squatter organizers has much in common with competition in a traditional industry setting.

Keywords: squatting, rent-seeking, urbanization

JEL Classification: R200, R300

Suggested Citation

Brueckner, Jan K., Urban Squatting with Rent-Seeking Organizers (August 31, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3920, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2144152

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